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11th Apr 2020

Brendan Gleeson blows viewers away with rare musical performance on Late Late Show

Darragh Murphy

Brendan Gleeson

Is there anything Brendan Gleeson can’t do?

When you see Brendan Gleeson in the line-up for a talk show, you assume that he will be promoting a new film or play but his appearance on Friday night’s edition of The Late Late Show was very different and very special.

The reason for Gleeson’s appearance was a commendable one as he joined Ryan Tubridy to raise awareness for and promote the fundraising efforts of St Francis Hospice.

The 65-year-old also spoke with wonderful poise on the current Covid-19 pandemic and discussed the importance of affording very ill people a dignified death.

Gleeson even brought along his son, Fergus, for a rare musical performance on live television and the pair received Garda clearance to appear in studio.

The Dublin-born actor belted out a fantastic version of A Pint of Plain is Your Only Manadding a gorgeous melody on his dulcimer to Fergus’ guitar accompaniment.

Gleeson was pressed for another song before bidding Tubridy farewell and he didn’t need a second invitation, breaking out his mandolin for another stunning tune.

Viewers were not only blown away by Gleeson’s talent but also with the way that he spoke so well at a time when the country needed to hear a reassuring voice.